Payne Announces $2.5 Million Grant Awarded to Jersey City Hurricane Sandy First Responders

Mar 20, 2013 Issues: Local Issues

Jersey City, N.J.  – Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) is proud to announce more than $2.5 million in grants awarded to New Jersey through the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the work Jersey City first responders performed during Hurricane Sandy.  

“I am so pleased to announce this well deserved grant awarded to New Jersey for the tremendous work Jersey City’s first responders performed during and after Hurricane Sandy,” said Rep. Payne, Jr. “Hurricane Sandy was one of the most devastating storms to hit the east coast in the last 40 years, taking a major toll on towns across New Jersey and causing severe flooding and power outages throughout the state.  In the face of a violent and deadly storm, Jersey City’s first responders demonstrated utmost leadership and incredible bravery protecting the public’s health and keeping people safe by maintaining access to medical facilities, schools, fuel, food, and utilities as well as rerouting traffic away from potentially dangerous areas, responding promptly to 911 calls, installing generators to critical infrastructure, assisting power crews, and maintaining shelters for those with no place to go.” 

The allocated funds will reimburse Jersey City for the costs incurred during Hurricane Sandy and will be used to upgrade and maintain emergency equipment and vehicles to further prepare our first responders to successfully respond to disasters and keep our communities safe.  “For their unending commitment and tireless effort to protecting our communities, Jersey City’s first responders must be commended,” said Rep. Payne, Jr.